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Simulation Program
Simulation Program

Certificate in Paediatric Simulation

​​​​​​The Certificate in Paediatric Simulation provides the opportunity for trainees to be exposed to the innovative use of simulation for education, assessment, quality improvement and research in diverse settings.

The Certificate in Simulation is a stream for both healthcare and non-healthcare professionals that is intended to provide more in-depth exposure to the use of simulation for pediatric education. The duration of the Certificate is a minimum of three (3) months.

Trainees pursuing a Certificate in Simulation are required to complete a small scholarly project. The project needs to fit within the scope of expertise of at least one LI Simulation Educator, Scientist or approved Certified Simulation Instructor, who will formally agree to serve as the supervisor. Examples of acceptable scholarly projects are an educational research study, quality improvement initiative or the design, implementation, or evaluation of an educational innovation, including:

    • Teaching strategy/method
    • Assessment tool
    • New/revised program/workshop
    • New/revised curriculum
    • New series of scenarios

Acceptance to the LITE Simulation Certificate will be based on demonstrated interest in simulation, academic excellence, scholarship experience and funding.

Set Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Certificate in Paediatric Simulation, the trainee is able to:

    • Describe different modalities available for simulation based education
    • Design a scenario appropriate to learning objectives and level of learner
    • Demonstrate effective pre-brief prior to simulation sessions
    • Demonstrate the use of best p​ractices when facilitating a simulation session
    • Teach and/or assess crisis resource management skills during team training simulations
    • Teach and/or assess procedural skills on a mannequin or task trainer
    • Demonstrate an effective debrief and provide feedback skillfully
    • Evaluate a simulation session and modify as necessary
    • Learn the capabilities and limitations of high fidelity patient simulators
    • Participate in a simulation research or quality improvement project
    • Other – self determined by trainee – see learning contract

Program Expectations

    1. Meet wi​th the Simulation Team to establish an orientation to equipment and sessio​​n schedule​.
    2. Read the recommended articles on medical simulation.
    3. Attend all workshops (unless already completed and based on availability), for example - Simulation Instructor workshop, Video Debriefing, SimPad Training, Scenario Development.
    4. Develop a​nd facilitate at least one complete scenario using the Simulation Scenario Template.
    5. Attend as many simulation sessions during the Program (PEM, CCU, resident-code team):
      • Operate​ the simulator for at least five scenarios 
      • Attend and contribute to as many debriefings as possible, including as a co-debrief 
      • Facilitate at least one debriefing as a lead 
      • Help with set-up and​ take down of scenarios
    6. Host a Journal Club.
    7. Participate in a new/ongoing simulation research or quality improvement projects with the Simulation team​.
    8. Record self–reflections of the experience.
    9. Write a one-page summary of the certificate experience.
    10. Complete ​the program evaluation form.


Participating trainees will meet with their Supervisor at least once every two weeks.  The Supervisor will act as a facilitator to discuss readings, planning activities, observe teaching activities and provide ongoing feedback. Some trainees may have more than one supervisor. The trainee will maintain an ongoing portfolio of work, complete several professional and teaching reflections and program evaluations.

Common Curriculum

​Dependent on the training experience (Elective, Certificate or Fellowship), LITE trainees may select from a variety of in-house, as well as, collaborative courses for additional structured learning.  Examples are listed below:

    • Educational Research Seminar Series (mandatory for Health Professions Education LITE tr​ainees)
    • Research Training Centre courses in statistics offered at the Research Institute at SickKids
    • Departme​nt of Paediatrics Medical Education Scholarship Rounds, Journal Club
    • Centre for Faculty Development Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER)
    • Wilson​ Center Research Rounds
    • Simulation courses offered through the Learning Institute
    • Sele​cted offerings by the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQUIPS)


Applications for Electives, Certificates and Fellowships should be submitted a minimum of three (3) months in advance of the start date.  Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the LITE Program Committee.

Application Process

To initiate the application process, please complete the LITE Program Declaration of Interest form and submit it to Samantha Metler​, Student Experience Coordinator.  A member of the LITE Program Committee will then contact you to discuss the formal application process.

Contact Information

For further information on the Certification in Paediatric Simulation Program, please contact:

Zia Bismilla​​
Staff Paediatrician
Paediatric Medicine Division
The Hospital for Sick Children

International Learners

For International Learners, please visit the International Learner​s Programwebpage.